The Cultural Foundations program is a rigorous interdisciplinary graduate and doctoral program concerned with the study of educational policies and practices from social, philosophical, historical, and comparative perspectives. The program prepares students for careers in school systems, higher education, foundations, policy research, and government agencies.
The field of cultural foundations of education attends to education as a complex undertaking that needs to be understood through a multi-disciplinary lens. Our program brings the disciplines of philosophy, sociology, anthropology and history to bear on the study of education broadly conceived, its ideologies, policies, programs and practices at all levels and forms of contemporary, multicultural, comparative-international and global education. Our students explore education from normative, interpretive and critical perspectives with a view to discerning the transformative potential of education in contexts of social inequality characterized by unequal access to the political process and institutions, particularly unequal educational provisions. Our faculty specializes in the education of girls and women internationally, marginalization within educational settings, moral and ethical considerations in educational practice, teacher professionalism, new social movements in education, and religious pluralism.
Graduates of the M. A. program will have the knowledge and skills to critique and interpret educational theories, programs and practices, and to promote innovation in education, whether in the private, public, formal, nonformal or informal setting institutional settings and social contexts. The M.A. program has a thesis component which is tailored to individual research interests.
Graduates of the M.Ed. program will have the knowledge and skills to critique and interpret policy and practice, and to promote innovative practices in educational settings and agencies.
Graduates of the Ph.D. program will have the knowledge, critical understandings and interpretive skills to analyze and assess educational policies, theories and practice, and to lead and promote innovation in education, whether in academia or private, public, formal, nonformal or informal settings social contexts, and agencies.
Recent Master’s and Doctoral graduates have enjoyed success in positions in foundations and think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, public and government agencies, K-12 school systems, and higher education, both nationally and internationally.